Wildfires are rampant — as they have been the last couple of years — around all of the PIA Western Alliance states and other states in the West. It’s bad enough when lightning or careless campers or homeowners start fires, but some are arson.
That’s the case in Oregon where officials say at least 14 of the fires in the state’s central region were arson caused. Those same officials released few details on that arson and whether it is the same person for each or not, but did advise people to pay attention and to report suspicious activity.
As of mid-week last week the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho said there were 112 new fires burning in the West. That’s new fires. And at the time there were another 54 large fires still out of control and not contained.
Here's a look at the major wildfires in the West:
• California — 9 fires
• Idaho — 5 fires
• Montana — 2 fires
• Oregon — 3 fires
• Washington — 6 fires
Source: Insurance Journal, National Interagency Fire Center